My first smoked turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by beefy bill, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. beefy bill

    beefy bill Meat Mopper

    Hey everyone. I plan on smoking my first turkey at the end of this week. Gonna brine in cranberry juice, and use Applewood with a pinch of mesquite for smoke. Figuring around 250 deg. Any suggestions for a rub or spices that will go good with the (hopefully) cranberry taste? Any pointers for a crispy skin, or can I just remove the skin and concentrate on the meat? Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome!
  2. I use my homemade rub. I also like just SPOG. If you can get your smoker temp up to 325°-350° you will get a better skin. If not you can finish it on a grill or in the oven.

    Happy smoken.

  3. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Have you ever brined in cranberry juice before? I have not, but one year I brined in red zinfandel wine. That was the year we had a PINK turkey. [​IMG]
  4. beefy bill

    beefy bill Meat Mopper

    Never brined a turkey at all. I've deep fried many, and never thought it needed it, but I feel from the smoker it will help. Mule, 300 to 325 the whole way? Does brining a deep fried turkey help? Most of the ones I did were outstanding without it..
  5. Nobody said that not brining would result in a dry bird. It just makes it better. You can add flavor at the same time. Dry the outside of the bird in the fridge for a while and if needed with a towel. Don't rub it with butter or oil. And by all means keep the door shut or [​IMG].

    Remember to post a Qview.

    Happy smoken.

  6. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Leaving the Smoker door shut while cooing will help keep the Bird moist without a Brining. Prep. , Season , in the Smoker (probed) and leave it in ,shut - up. 165*F in the Breast and that or higher in the Thigh and good eats [​IMG]
  7. ibbones

    ibbones Meat Mopper

    That sounds really good.
  8. beefy bill

    beefy bill Meat Mopper

    I'm sure this one will be pink too. That sounds like a good idea. Was it good?
  9. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    National breast cancer awarness Thanksgiving.  Everyone does a pink turkey!
  10. hickorybutt

    hickorybutt Smoking Fanatic

    See y'all in the hospital. I'll bring the Pepto Bismol.
  11. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It sounds better than it tasted.
  12. beefy bill

    beefy bill Meat Mopper

    Sorry to anyone waiting on Qview. I had some burgers and dogs in the smoker last night, and while prepping the brine for my turkey, my thermometer receiver wound up in it. Fell out of my chest pocket. Needless to say it's shot. It was a junk - ass master forge anyway, so my maverick is on the way here. Maybe next weekend...besides, maybe I'll do 2. Fresh turkeys are cheap the day after Thanksgiving. .

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